Xiaomi Mi Max Review: Hulked Up: Unboxing, Hardware Overview

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Unboxing the Xiaomi Mi Max

It's a gigantic box, but slender. It fits the Xiaomi Mi Max itself and the two vital accessories - a charger (5V @ 2A) and a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable. There's also an ejector tool tucked into the small manual.

We didn't receive a headset and the box doesn't seem designed to fit one either. Still, getting this hardware at this price, we're willing to let it slide.

Xiaomi Mi Max retail package


If this was a movie, the Xiaomi Mi Max could have been seen climbing the Empire State Building with a hot blonde in his paw. Snap back to reality, the phone measures 173.1mm tall and 88.3mm wide, but only just 7.5mm thick.

The height and especially the width makes one-handed utilize pretty much impossible. You can hrecent it, it's even fairly comfortable, but anything but the most basic actions with the classy screen requires both hands.

Then there's the weight. At 203g, it's a lot, but given the size, the Mi Max doesn't feel overweight.

The Mi Max can be held in one hand, but you need two to utilize it

Even with all that, the Mi Max is not the largest phone we've ever seen (even when you skip the voicecall-enabled tablets), but even seasoned phablet users find it gargantuan. So you've been warned. The Mi Max is not a one-handed device and we've made our peace with that.

With the classy screen off, the bezel that runs along the classy screen looks impressively thin. When the classy screen comes on, however, you see a black double border around the screen, which form a second border.

The bezels are not as thin as they first appear

The Mi Max is a well-crafted device. The front is Gorilla Glass 4 with a slight bevel at the edge. From here, the transition to the beveled metal sides of the phone is not perfectly smooth, but it offers plenty of grip.

The sides of the back are more rounded, which improves comfort in the hand. There's subtle texture on the back that's just enough to improve traction (as metal phones tdiscontinue to be slippery).

The front of the gigantic phone is very symmetrical. Around the earpiece are two circles - a 5MP selfie capturing camera on the correct and a proximity sensor on the left. The notification light is invisible when it's off.

Below the classy screen are three capacitive buttons: the App Switcher, Home and Back. Yes, even at this classy screen size, Xiaomi didn't go for on-classy screen buttons. This may be a fine or a poor thing depending on your preferences.

Camera, sensors and notification light • Capacitive keys

Where's the fingerprint button if not part of the Home key? On the back, of course. Even at this size, the round, recessed sensor is easy to reach. It can automatically unlock the phone, so you don't need to utilize the Power key once you set up a fingerprint.

Fingerprint reader on the back

Speaking of the power key, that's on the right, below the Volume rocker. Both are fairly narrow and have a shallow press. Depending on your grip, it's quite possible to reach them one-handed (yes, even volume up).

On the left side, we find the card tray. You need an ejector tool to access it and you can place up to two cards - two SIMs (nano + micro) or one SIM and a microSD card. It's unusual that the microSD replaces SIM1 (it usually shares a compartment with the second SIM).

Volume rocker and Power key on the correct • Card tray on the left

Xiaomi wasn't stingy with storage. The base model gets 32GB, but you can also double it to 64GB. Then there's the top model with 128GB, which also comes with an extra gig of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and a faster chipset.

Let's turn back for a moment. The 16MP capturing camera is almost flush with the back (it doesn't protrude enough to cautilize a wobble). Next to it is the dual-LED, dual-tone flash.

The capturing camera is almost flush against the back

Note that the camera/flash pair are on a separate plastic panel (a similar panel is on the bottom). The plastic (a window for the antennas) matches the texture of the metal, though the color is slightly off.

At the top of the Xiaomi Mi Max are the 3.5mm audio jack, the secondary mic and an IR blaster. At the bottom are a regular microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port and two grilles. Only one of them hides an actual speaker.

Top side • 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster, secondary mic • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port and speaker



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